When the Dave Matthews Band decided to scrap an album’s worth of material they recorded in 2000 with producer Steve Lillywhite and start anew with Glen Ballard for the album Everyday, it wasn’t because the songs weren’t good enough. They just needed time to age.
While the recordings have been widely distributed on the Internet since then, that didn’t stop the band from re-recording them for its yet-untitled sixth studio record, due this summer. New versions of “Lillywhite Sessions” tracks, including “Grey Street,” “Grace Is Gone,” “Big Eyed Fish,” “Bartender,” “Diggin’ a Ditch” and “Kit Kat Jam,” will grace the disc.
The first single will be “Where Are You Going,” one of the handful of new songs on the 12-track LP. A source close to the band described the song, which will hit radio in April, as haunting and romantic, like a combination of “Crush” and “Crash Into Me.”
“Where Are You Going” will also be the lead single to the new Adam Sandler film, “Mr. Deeds.” There is currently no director attached to the “Where Are You Going” video, though the group has been talking with Chuck McBride, who shot “Everyday.”
The upcoming DMB record was recorded in five weeks in a San Francisco Bay-area studio, where the group is currently completing the final mixes. The band self-produced the album with the help of its longtime engineer Steve Harris.
The songs are mostly acoustic and vibrate with energy and muscle, the source said, adding that Matthews has road tested all but one of the new tunes over the past 18 months.
The last DMB record, Everyday, sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. and included the Grammy-nominated song “The Space Between” and “I Did It.”